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Air Conditioning Germs
While fighting sickness, should you change your sheets, and refresh your room's air? Can you get sick from your own germs in the room?
No and No: You should keep clean sheets but you do not need to change them more frequently than normal. Normal room ventilation is fine. You will not get sicker from your own germs. ...Read more
Can germs live on a t shirt? If you air it out and it's cold and not warm or moist (suitable for germs) will it still have germs on it?
Germs: Yes. Germs are ubiquitous (everywhere).Get a more detailed answer ›
How far does germs from a cough travel? How long are they in the air? Will Neti Pot use after being around someone who coughed help stop getting sick?
1)Infinity 2)No: An experiment was done once where labeled virus was sprayed, like a sneeze or cough, from a spray bottle in the front of a large auditorium.It took less than 20 minutes for them to reach way up in the back of that room. They stayed in the air a long time.Remember, though that the farther they travel the more dillute they become which means the closer you are the more will get sprayed all over you ...Read more
For what length of time do cold germs stay in the air from a sneeze if the person covered their mouth?
Virus: I do not know the exact period of time that droplets can remain suspended in the air, however some common cold viruses can live on inanimate surfaces for several hours. When someone covers their cough with their hand , the virus can remain infective on hands for at least two hours (if not washed off). ...Read more
Yes but . .: We all exhale = it is part of the breathing cycle. Most exhaling is gentle and carries little if any material with it and this includes germs. If you have an infection, the liklihood increases especially if you are coughing or sneezing at the same time. ...Read more
Hand wash & vaccines: Teach your child to wash hands. Scrubbing hands for 20 seconds or as long as it takes to sing “happy birthday” twice. Make sure you disinfect surfaces in the house. Get the children vaccinated , get all the recommended vaccines. It is important to wash hands before eating. ...Read more
Depends . . .: Answer depends upon germ & surface. Check out http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/27/how-long-can-germs-live_n_4509419.html & http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2002-08/how-long-do-microbes-bacteria-and-viruses-live-surfaces-home-normal-room-tem. ...Read more
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